Monday, September 20, 2010

When Special Ed fails

The needs of many Special Education students are not being met in Oklahoma's public schools. Patrick McGuigan of CapitolBeatOK recently gave us one example, and yesterday in the Tulsa World Andrea Eger reported that
Problems kept mounting for Lauren Marshall's son Dylan at Tulsa's McKinley Elementary.

"He was hiding under a table or off in a corner with his hands over his ears from all of the noise," Marshall said.

After some testing, doctors determined Dylan has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, and dyslexia. Marshall pulled Dylan and his younger brother, David, out of McKinley, quit her job at a department store and began home-schooling them in 2008.

"I didn't have a choice -- he was drowning," she said, referring to Dylan. "The school was going to promote him even though he clearly wasn't ready for fourth grade." 

Dylan ended up choosing virtual education, but it's good to know he also has other choices, including a scholarship to attend a private school.

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